Paz to Shawn @ XLR8R for this free download (also Mad Decent + Dutty Artz):

Once Gyptian‘s “Hold Yuh” became the biggest crossover dancehall tune of 2010, it was only a matter of time before people started flipping the track and throwing new vocals over the song’s distinctive piano riff. The folks at Dutty Artz first tipped us to “Abrazame,” the Los Rakas versionen español. That was all well and good, but than Brooklyn beatmaker Uproot Andy sent us his remix of “Abrazame,” which punches up the beat, nicely layers in some additional synths and percussion, and basically seizes a spot in the “Summer Jams 2010” playlist. If this lovelorn tune isn’t on blast at your local Latin dance party, find yourself a new spot, because the DJs are seriously slipping.

Read this piece from NPR about the ‘Hold Yuh’ riddim if you’re unfamiliar.
Read more about Los Rakas in this in-depth piece in the East Bay Express.

*Photo credit: Amanda Lopez

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